- a product of simple manual skill, as a plaited leather cord for the neck or a knife sheath, made typically by a camper or a scout.
- work of little or no value done merely to keep or look busy.
- a project funded by the federal government out of political favoritism that is of no real value to the community or the nation.
- to deceive or attempt to deceive: to boondoggle investors into a low-interest scheme.
- to do work of little or no practical value merely to keep or look busy.
Origin of boondoggle
Examples from the Web for boondoggle
While that may have some positive health effects, aggressive medical therapy is also a boondoggle for drug companies.Doctors Should Start Advocating Dietary Options to Treat Heart Disease
July 11, 2013
But really, aside from these nice side benefits, the whole thing is a boondoggle, at least it is for us.Goodbye to Twitter Part Two: Lessons Learned
July 9, 2013
A major bill may contain dozens of bridges to nowhere, or boondoggle favors to some deep-pocketed donor.Rick Santorum’s Beltway Curse Is Hurting His 2012 Campaign
February 24, 2012
- (intr) to do futile and unnecessary work
- a futile and unnecessary project or work
Word Origin and History for boondoggle
1935, American English, of uncertain origin, popularized during the New Deal as a contemptuous word for make-work projects for the unemployed. Said to have been a pioneer word for "gadget;" it also was by 1932 a Boy Scout term for a kind of woven braid.